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Ms. Irene Cassidy

Biography



Current position Teaching: Key areas of my role include teaching, learning and assessing learning across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes (BSc and MSc Nursing programmes). Teaching commitments also extend to supervising undergraduate nursing students completing their final year research proposals

. My role also includes involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development.




Previous Positions



Nurse Tutor, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick



Registered Nurse, Agency, Dublin Hospitals,Midwestern Regional Hospital.



Registered Nurse, Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick, Accident and Emergency dept., Haemodialysis.

Research Interests


Parkinson's and the experiences of people living with chronic neurological conditions


Chronic illness


Palliative care


Respiratory Nursing


Teaching, learning, assessment in higher education


Competency assessment

Research Interests

I have collaborated with colleagues to undertake research around lecturers' experiences of facilitating guided group reflection. I was involved in all aspects of the research including the design, planning, ethical approval, sampling, data collection and analysis, discussion and publication. This study was published in Nurse Education Today (Impact factor 1.641). The findings are extremely relevant to nurse education particularly given the emphasis on reflection within the current curriculum.

I collaborated with colleagues by undertaking research with post registration students around their experiences of caring for people from different cultures. This was an exciting study that generated very interesting and relevant findings for practice. Again I was involved in all aspects of the study including the planning timeframes, ethical approval, sampling, data and analysis, discussion and preparation for publication.

I worked with colleagues (UL and health services) in a mixed methods study to explore student nurses' and preceptors' experiences of the competency assessment process. This project demonstrated my ability to conduct research with clinical service partners including data collection (postal surveys and focus groups), data analysis (statistical and qualitative analysis) and preparation of findings for publication. There have been five journal publications from the study (I was the principal author for one of these papers) aswell as several oral and poster presentations. Findings from this study have been widely disseminated nationally and internationally.

My MSc research was entitled student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious isolated patients. I had to create my own data analysis framework to ensure that the qualitative methods used were congruent with the philosophical underpinnings inherent within a Gadamerian approach dissertation. I am a reviewer for Journal of Clinical Nursing, Nurse Education Today, British Journal Nursing.

Teaching Interests

Current position Teaching: Key areas of my role include teaching, learning and assessing learning across undergraduate and postgraduate nursing programmes (BSc and MSc Nursing programmes). Teaching commitments also extend to supervising undergraduate nursing students completing their final year research proposals. My role also includes involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development.

Professional Activities

Committee

  • 1999 Chronic Illness and Palliative Care,

Association

  • On the live register for nursing and midwifery with the nursing board An Board Altranais., Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Publications

Books

2010

Caring for infectious isolated patients - student nurses experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological study
Cassidy, I
(2010) Caring for infectious isolated patients - student nurses experiences: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological study
Saarbrücken: : Lambert Academic Publishing

Peer Reviewed Journals

2012

Nursing students' views of clinical competence assessment in the Mid west region of Ireland
Bradshaw, C. O' Connor, M. Egan, G. Tierney, C. Butler, M. P. Fahy, A. Tuohy, D. Cassidy, I. Quillinan, B. Mc Namara, M.
(2012) Nursing students' views of clinical competence assessment in the Mid west region of Ireland
In British Journal Of Nursing;

2006

Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation. A hermeneutic phenomenological study
Cassidy, I
(2006) Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation. A hermeneutic phenomenological study
In Journal Of Clinical Nursing;
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2006.01404.x

Other Journals

2002

Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation.
Cassidy, I
(2002) Student nurses' experiences of caring for infectious patients in source isolation.
In National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin;

Conference Publications

2016

MDS International Congress, Berlin, Germany
I Cassidy, Dr. P Meskell, MP Butler, M Richardson CNS, Professor C Kennedy, Professor S Coote, Dr. P Boers
(2016) MDS International Congress, Berlin, Germany

DOI: Ul Seed Funding Grant

2014

UHL Annual Symposium, Limerick
Mc Grath, C. Cassidy, I., O Brien, A. Casserly, B
(2014) UHL Annual Symposium, Limerick

2008

International Nursing Research Conference. Facing the challenge of health care systems in transition, Israel..
Cassidy, I.
(2008) International Nursing Research Conference. Facing the challenge of health care systems in transition, Israel..

2005

Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005
Cassidy, I.
(2005) Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005

2005

Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005.
Cassidy, I
(2005) Irish Nursing Research Interest Group), South Court Hotel, Limerick on19th Oct 2005.

2005

The Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group).
Cassidy, I
(2005) The Research Forum Conference (hosted by Irish Nursing Research Interest Group).
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2004

The Royal College Nursing London International Nursing Research Conference.
Cassidy, I
(2004) The Royal College Nursing London International Nursing Research Conference.

2004

5th Annual International Research Conference Transforming healthcare through research, education and technology
Cassidy, I
(2004) 5th Annual International Research Conference Transforming healthcare through research, education and technology

2003

Royal College Surgeons in Ireland. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, 22nd Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research conference.
Cassidy, I
(2003) Royal College Surgeons in Ireland. Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, 22nd Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research conference.
*(Ed.)

2003

22nd International Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Faculty of Nursing, Royal College Surgeons Ireland. Oral paper presentation.
Cassidy, I
(2003) 22nd International Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, Faculty of Nursing, Royal College Surgeons Ireland. Oral paper presentation.

The Royal College Nursing London International Nursing Research Conference
Cassidy, I
The Royal College Nursing London International Nursing Research Conference
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